Saturday, February 23, 2013


(Mexican Pizza Variation)


1 bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
1/2 cup grated Jack Cheese
1/4 cup BBQ Chicken, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon Black Beans
1 tablespoon Salsa
1 tablespoon Sour Cream

Pour out the chips onto a sturdy, microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the chips, creating a barrier to prevent the salsa from making chips soggy. 

Pile on the chicken pieces, black beans, and strategically dot salsa over the top, as shown.
Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.  Add a mound of sour cream in the middle, and serve. 

Mexican Pizza Ole` 

For mouth-watering pizza with a Baja-fresh flair try making these 2 unique varieties!  Baja shrimp with garden veggies or Mexican beans and Spanish rice! Both are covered with cheese and can be topped with hot peppers or olives. 
The perfect no-fuss crust is easiest made in a breadmaker but you could also purchase a ready-made pizza-pie crust, and then add your own sauce and toppings!

Breadmaker Pizza  Crust

Makes 2 large 10" -12" pizza crusts

(add ingredients to the canister in this order)

1-1/4 Cups water                                           
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1  Tablespoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
4  Cups whole wheat bread flour
1   teaspoon rapid-rise dry yeast 

Put canister into the breadmaker, set it on the "dough" cycle (1 hr. 20 min.) and 
your breadmaker will do all the kneading.
At the end of the cycle take the dough out and split it in half for 2 pizzas (pictured above).  Pull the dough at opposite angles around & around until you have it shaped round enough to put into a pizza pan.

Continue pulling opposite sides until it fits your pan.  Don't worry, it doesn't have to look perfect, as it will be covered with sauce and/or toppings! No need to pre-cook the crust either!

Pizza Sauce
For Baja-Fresh Shrimp Pizza add your favorite variety of spaghetti sauce.  I'm using my homemade chunky spaghetti sauce (my secret recipe for Pasta Primavera Sauce is found in our Hot Sauces section along with my Sassy Salsa).

For Mexican Pizza spread refried beans, as you would the sauce, and cover with a layer of Spanish rice, and optional salsa.

Pizza Toppings

Top both with healthy onion slices, which cook up nicely. I like using a variety of white and purple/red onion slices.

Smother with cheese shavings, or grated white cheeses, such as jack on the Mexican pizza or mozzarella on the Baja shrimp pizza. 
Over the cheese add either mild Greek pepperoncini, or jalepeno HOT pepper slices.

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